NIGERIA at 61: Bury old prejudices, save our country – Sen Mark

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark

Senator Mark listed the misfortunes occasioned by the 30-month Nigeria/Biafra civil war, several ethno-religious conflicts and agitations in some parts of the country as unfortunate incidents hindering developments.

In his goodwill message to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st Independence Anniversary, he noted that the security, socio-economic and political challenges bedeviling the country demands that “we bury mundane issues of attachment to religion, ethnic or tribal leanings and come together to rescue Nigeria from the precipice.”

More than ever before, Senator Mark stated that there’s need to harp on the issues that binds Nigerians together.

To this end, he tasked governments at all levels to do all that is necessary to restore hope and rebuild citizens’ trust and confidence in the leadership to actualise the project Nigeria.

Senator Mark stressed, “Nigeria has all it takes to overcome the challenges, but government must live up to its responsibilities in order to earn the trust and confidence of the people.

“The journey has been tortuous though eventful in many respects. There is strength in our diversity. Our government, religious and traditional leaders must continue to preach the message of hope and reignite the can-do spirit of Nigerians.”

Senator Mark counseled against divisive tendencies and asked government to “ensure justice, equity and fairness in the distribution and allocation of resources to every part of the country to ensure that no section feels marginalised or shortchanged.

“I advise those fanning the embers of disintegration or war through hate speeches, kidnapping, banditry, terrorism and other societal ills to sheathe their swords for peace to reign.”

He pointed out that no matter the anger in a man’s mind, killing or destruction of property cannot be a solution.

According to Senator Mark, the road to justice may be slow but seeking redress through dialogue, the judiciary or the legislature is a better option.

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